The HP cloud will be different from Amazon's offering, say analysts. Amazon relies on an eco-system of third party support to offer everything from infrastructure support to services. Where Amazon only takes responsibility for providing base cloud services, HP will have the ability to maintain an OS or monitor a network for users, said Staten.
Part of HP's cloud outlook is based on a view that IT will shift to an operating expense model as users turn more to services and away from capital expenses. Sing sees the shift unfolding over the next decade.
Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT, said a shift to operating expense models has been long debated, and it could and has been effective in good times. But as soon as the economy hits a rough spot, users tend to pull back on the operating expense goals.
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